A 12-year-old boy has died after being struck by a vehicle on the way to school in the Historic South-Central neighborhood of South Los Angeles on Tuesday morning, authorities said.
The fatal incident occurred in the 100 block of East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard around 7:30 a.m., down the street from the Accelerated Schools, according to a Los Angeles Fire Department alert.
An SUV was making a left turn when the vehicle hit the boy, who was walking in a crosswalk, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Moses Castillo said. Both had green lights.
A witness tried to help the young victim by performing CPR. But despite the bystander’s actions and a quick response by LAFD firefighters and paramedics, “the child was beyond medical help” and died at the scene, according to the alert.
The victim had suffered a cardiac arrest, officials added.
Police identified the child as 12-year-old Abraham Trejo. He would’ve turned 13 in May.
LAFD and LAPD initially provided different ages for the child before that information was updated.
Castillo said Trejo was walking to school when he was hit.
The fatal collision occurred about a half-block away from the child’s home, according to the Los Angeles Times, which reported that the victim was a student at Animo Jefferson Charter Middle School.
A GoFundMe account has been organized by Badge of Heart, a non-profit organization founded by LAPD Officer Ken Lew. The fundraising page aims to help Trejo’s family pay for the funeral and cover other expenses.
The driver — a 43-year-old woman — stopped at the scene and tried to help the victim, according to the LAPD detective.
“We’re grateful that the driver actually stopped and did what they’re supposed to do, is render aid and call 911,” he said.
The woman had just dropped her child off at school.
“I feel bad for her as well, Castillo said.
Police are investigating to see if distracted driving or impairment was to blame for the fatal crash, according to the detective. The collision occurred as rain fell over the Southland on Tuesday morning, but it was not known if the inclement weather played a role.
Traffic in the area is expected to be affected “for an extended duration” while police investigate, according to LAFD.
Castillo noted the crash happened in the same area where a teenage bicyclist was struck by a vehicle and critically injured last August.
Roberto Diaz, then 15, was dragged some 1,500 feet before being dislodged near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Woodlawn Avenue. He was hospitalized for almost three months before being released in early November.
“When I heard this call come out … it brought back memories,” said Castillo, who investigated that case. He added that the intersection has some history, but emphasized there was no connection between the two collisions.